Arts & Culture

Egyptians React to the Sad Death of Haitham Ahmed Zaki

Egyptians React to the Sad Death of Haitham Ahmed Zaki

Ahmed Zaki with his son Haitham Ahmed Zaki

Following the news of the death of actor Haitham Ahmed Zaki early Thursday, son of prominent actor Ahmed Zaki, Egyptians reacted to the news on social media through photos and stories of his tragic life story.

At 35-years-old, Haitham Ahmed Zaki was found dead in his apartment in Sheikh Zayed after a sudden collapse, with the cause of his death reported to be related to his blood circulatory system.

News outlets and social media pages said he “died like how his mother and father died. He lived for a short time after living alone as an orphan.”

The young artist suffered from loneliness for a long time after both of his parents died from cancer. He insisted on living in his father’s house after his death, which he confirmed in several television interviews before his departure, saying “After the death of my father Ahmed Zaki, I suffered a lot, especially since I remained in his home. I lived the same as my father lived from loneliness.”

He joined the film industry at the age of 22, starting his film acting debut in 2006 for the film Halim to fill the scenes and play the male lead in the film on behalf of his father Ahmed Zaki who eventually died in 2005 during the shooting of the film.

Ahmed Zaki with his son Haitham Ahmed Zaki

Poet Ayman Bahgat Qamar mourned the death of the young artist Haitham Ahmed Zaki with moving words in a tweet published on his Twitter, saying, “I do not know him personally, but I always felt sympathy for him and felt that his luck was little in the world, from the death of his mother as a child and then his father, and even in art, it always pained me to see his sadness whenever they compared him to other artists or his father.”

Egyptian actress Nahed El Sebai revealed on her Facebook page that Haitham Zaki told her that “he feared dying alone without being felt by anyone,” and that he will most probably “die young.”

In an article on Raseef22, Samia Allam notes that Egyptians saw him as a “a son, a friend, or even themselves,” and realized “the likelihood of any of them going through the same tragic fate.”

 

Sufis March in Egypt to Celebrate the Birth of Prophet Muhammed
Messages Behind Naguib Mahfouz' Nobel Speech

Subscribe to our newsletter


Arts & Culture

More in Arts & Culture

A Brief Guide to Egyptian Cinema’s Most Memorable Monologues

Mary AravanisSeptember 25, 2020

Paving the Road for Women: Meet the Heroines of Upper Egypt

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 25, 2020

Local Bazaar Brings Together Over 100 Egyptian Women Entrepreneurs

ES BuzzSeptember 23, 2020

From Street to Culture: UNTY’s Female-led “Berahet-ha” Preaches Women’s Freedom in Egypt

Noran Alaa MorsiSeptember 21, 2020

In Photos: Arabic Typography in Egypt Through The Ages

Noran Alaa MorsiSeptember 16, 2020

These Magnetic Illustrations Showcase the Diverse Talent of Young Egyptian Artists

Mary AravanisSeptember 12, 2020

Documenting Egyptian Girlhood Through the Art of Fashion Photography

Mirna AbdulaalSeptember 12, 2020

Salah Jahin’s Political Poetry: When Poetry and Journalism Worked Hand in Hand

Mary AravanisSeptember 11, 2020